Opera by Robert Wilson and Anna Calvi, based on the eponymous story by E.T.A. Hoffmann
Premiered on May 3, 2017 at the Ruhrfestspiele Festival, Recklinghausen, Germany and on May 20, 2017 at the Schauspielhaus Theater, Düsseldorf, Germany
The Sandman is based on the eponymous short story by E.T.A. Hoffmann (1776-1822), one of the masters of German Romanticism and Gothic horror tales. It triggered Sigmund Freud to explore the protagonist's unconscious fear of castration ("The Uncanny"), and became inspiration and subject of many other works, most famously the "Olympia Act" in Offenbach's opera Tales of Hoffmann. In this production, Robert Wilson worked for the first time with the British dramatic rock singer/songwriter Anna Calvi. Previous productions of dark and 'Gothic' fairy tales by Robert Wilson include The Black Rider (Hamburg, 1990) and Peter Pan (Berlin, 2013).